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It looks as though the Saudi Arabian takeover of Newcastle United could be about to go through, and that could see the Magpies become one of the Premier League’s strongest forces.

We’ve seen it before how a takeover from a multi-billionaire can catapult a club from relative obscurity to domination. Just look at the current Premier League champions Manchester City and the current European champions Chelsea.

Chelsea were already something of a force before Roman Abramovich’s arrival, but City were more of a rags to riches story that Newcastle will be looking to emulate.



Within a couple of years of City being bought out by Sheikh Mansour, the squad was unrecognisable. The likes of Stephen Ireland, Richard Dunne and Elano were replaced with the likes of Carlos Tevez, Sergio Aguero, David Silva and Yaya Toure.

However, despite the new influx of superstars, one player managed to translate the pre and post-takeover eras at the Etihad, Vincent Kompany.

City may not have known it when they signed the Belgian from Anderlecht back in 2008, but they had signed a true superstar who would eventually be considered amongst the best in the world.

Now, Newcastle don’t have many players who can claim to be on that sort of level, but in our view, there is one Magpies player who could emulate Kompany by remaining a star at a post-takeover St James’ Park.

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Of course, we’re talking about Allan Saint-Maximin.

The Frenchman is a mercurial talent. He’s one of the Premier League’s most skilful and trickiest players and if he was in a better side, he’d still be able to shine.

Jonjo Shelvey once claimed that Saint-Maximin was good enough to play for Real Madrid, and if the Saudis splash the cash, he may get the chance to play in a Madrid-level squad at Newcastle.

The Frenchman certainly has a passion for the club that is comparable to Kompany’s at City, just look at how he conducts himself on social media, and in our view, Saint-Maximin is good enough to play a huge role at Newcastle regardless of the superstars the Magpies’ potential new owners end up signing.

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